Manchester United Lead The Race To Sign Unhappy Arsenal Star

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Red Devils tipped to beat Italian giants to defender’s signature.

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Manchester United have been backed to beat Serie A side Fiorentina to the signature of wantaway Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen this summer, according to the Daily Star.

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The 28-year-old has found himself behind the likes of Per Mertesacker and Laurent Koscielny this season as well as suffering several injuries that have limited his playing time considerably.

He has just one year remaining on his Arsenal deal, and the club may cash in on the former Ajax man instead of losing him for nothing next summer, with the Viola reportedly interested in the centre-back.

Several top European sides have all been tipped with making a move for his services, including Barcelona, Juventus and Manchester United.

However, leading bookmakers have put United at the top of the pile when it comes to negotiating a deal for the Belgian international with odds being offered at 5/2 that the defensive enforcer will sign for the Old Trafford outfit before 2nd September 2014.

It is believed that Arsene Wenger is willing to do business with a rival this time around after being reluctant to strike any deals with the club back in 2012, but Vermaelen’s agent, Alex Kroes, revealed that there will be no negotiations until after the World Cup.

“Several Italian clubs have shown an interest,” Kroes said.

We will wait for the World Cup before we discuss anything regarding his future.”

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